The Climate Action Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in New York this week resulted in country commitments to raise their ambitions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.  However, as the SG concluded: "We are not yet there…We need more concrete plans, more ambition from more countries and more businesses" Secretary General's closing remark
Here in Viet Nam we are pleased to share how UNDP and its partners are supporting the Government of Viet Nam to tackle Climate Change.
In Viet Nam, it is becoming increasingly clear as the ‘safe limit’ of 1.5 degree climate change threshold looms, that the cost of climate inaction far outweighs the cost of action. Acting at scale can mitigate dangers of climate change and now is the time to act for a "climate doi moi" to serve a green, resilient and prosperous Viet Nam, where no one is left behind. Read Op-Ed by UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam Caitlin Wiesen, as published on the Viet Nam Investment Review.
for dengue early warning - Viet Nam witnessed a surge in dengue in 2017 which experienced over 170,000 cases of infection in almost all provinces and cities. With the funding from the UK Space Agency, UNDP, WHO, in partnership with a consortium led by HR Wallingford, are developing a Dengue Early Warning Model forecasting Satellite-based System (D-MOSS) for Viet Nam Read more 
SDG Challenge award innovator '1516' has provided low-cost solar energy for 34,000 poor people.
Mobile phone app transforms post-typhoon housing reconstruction in Viet Nam
In September Viet Nam ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, thus contributing to the global effort to reduce GHG emissions and avoid up to 0.4°C of global warming by the end of the century. Now is the time for implementation. See how UNDP is helping byRead more

Promoting energy efficient buildings: It is easy to achieve between 25 to even 66% of energy savings against a baseline case. This is the first results of the project "Promoting Energy Efficiency in Commercial and High-Rise Residential Buildings in Viet Nam". The significant savings can be triggered by possible re-sizing of AC system capacity, and the optimization of lighting system. Read more

Transforming energy intensive brick making sector: Viet Nam’s economy, and its building industry, is booming. However more than 87 percent of building bricks are clay-fired, and traditional kilns use millions of tonnes of coal. GEF/UNDP initiative is supporting Viet Nam in its efforts to increase the use of non-fired bricks to 30-40 percent by 2020.
Generating efficiencies in the lighting industry which accounts for 25% of total electricity consumption in Viet Nam and potential for electricity saving is about 10-15%. UNDP is supporting the country's efforts to promote energy efficiency and mitigate GHG emissions through transforming lighting markets towards greater use of locally produced LED lighting products. Read more
Restoring mangrove forests and building storm resilient homes: With support from the Green Climate Fund, UNDP and other partners, Viet Nam plans to build more than 1,300 storm-resilient houses and plant or regenerate 1,300 hectares of coastal mangroves in 2019. The new homes and mangroves will help protect impoverished coastal communities from increasing flooding and storms while also boosting livelihoods, nurturing biodiversity and supporting Viet Nam in its pursuit of a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.
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Thanks to the support of the project and UNDP, I have this resilient house, I feel very happy. Especially when it rains and there is typhoon, we are safe” - Ms. Le Thi Lai, Duy Ninh commune, Quang Ninh district, Quang Binh province. Her family is one of the 4,000 households who will have resilient houses in five coastal provinces by 2021, under the framework of the ‘Improving the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change–related impacts in Việt Nam’ project funded by Green Climate Fund (GCF) 
To support Viet Nam to respond to the UN Secretary General's call, this paper identifies key institutional, technical, and financial bottlenecks to the implementation of Viet Nam’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the Paris Agreement. 
The potential revenues under scenarios of carbon taxes range from USD1.5 to 15 per tons of CO2 for the 2017-2030 period. Read this paper for three options to introduce carbon taxes or fees in Viet Nam. 
Viet Nam could no longer depend on coal and move to solar/ wind energy to power the entire country if it can tap into $10 billion that is there for the taking. Read this paper for how to make it happen.
 
This paper shares the experiences and lessons learnt from the ‘Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans’ (NAP-Ag) programme to inform the update of Viet Nam's NDC.
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